CHARLIE ADAM insists he is looking forward to a 'fresh start' at Stoke City under the guidance of new manager Mark Hughes.
The Scottish international endured a frustrating first season at the Britannia Stadium as he struggled to hold down a regular place in the side in the second half of the campaign.
Adam, however, is eagerly looking forward to launching 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season on August 17 against his former club Liverpool at Anfield, having had his appetite whetted by the first week of the build-up.
"It has been a good start for us," he told us from the Club's training camp in Evian on the banks of Lake Geneva in southern France. "We've worked hard with the new lads who have come in.
"The weather has been fantastic which makes it a lot easier. It has been a good trip so far and hopefully we can continue to get some good work under our belts before we go to America in a week or so.
"The manager and his staff want to put their own points across but we can't hide the fact that we've still got to do the things that this Club has been successful at.
"But with their fresh ideas it has been great and hopefully we can get ourselves in really good shape and look forward to the most important game of the season, which is the first one against Liverpool."
The richly talented 27 year old bagged three goals from 27 league appearances last term - match winners against QPR, Fulham and Norwich - but is aiming to play a more prominent role in Hughes' thinking this time around.
He admits: "Last season was frustrating with the lack of games from Christmas onwards but that was the opinion of the old manager and that's the way it goes.
"For us now it's a fresh start, new ideas and we go again. The input for the last four or five days has been great and hopefully we can take that forward into the new season."